Wildland Fire Information and Fire Restrictions
There are no active fire restrictions in Routt County at this time.
While there are no active fire restrictions, fire danger still exists and it's up to everyone to help prevent wildfires. The Steamboat Springs Chamber provided these tips for fire safety:
- Keep campfires small and manageable.
- Never let a fire burn unattended.
- Properly maintain and watch campfires.
- Do not build a fire at a site in hazardous, windy or dry conditions. Check to see if campfires are permitted.
- Do not build a fire if the campground, area or event rules prohibit campfires. Check with the campground or forest representative.
- Use an existing fire ring or fire pit. If there is not an existing fire pit, and pits are allowed, look for a site that is at least fifteen feet away from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Also, beware of low-hanging branches overhead.
- Supervise children and pets when they are near fire.
- Never cut live trees or branches for fires.
- Fire restrictions and bans are set by local jurisdictions and by individual forest agencies. Check with the local sheriff's office, fire department or the federal forest agency before lighting a campfire this summer.
- If you think it isn't safe enough to light a campfire, choose to be safe and not start one.
- Properly extinguish and dispose of cigarettes.
- When putting out a fire, water it until you can handle the embers
Remember: if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave!
Take Steps to Prepare Your Home
Are you looking for ways to prepare your home and property for wildfire? Visit the Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Council for resources and support.
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) also has numerous resources for property owners
The CSFS Home Ignition Zone guide provides property owners with ways to create defensible space and harden your home against the threat of wildfire.
Homeowners can take steps to protect their property and help alleviate the spread of management zones in which different treatment techniques are used. The National Fire Protection association offers these tips.